Our heritage is not a static thing that we freeze and wheel out on cue so we can 'remember'. Our history is embedded in activities rooted in the now.
DTA SOUNDSYSTEM brings together music and image from across the African diaspora; referencing the past whilst but facing the future. We work with content that doesn't denigrate our people and make rich white men even richer. That content can become a party, or an installation, or both. Wholism is the whole point.
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AFRIKANS ON FILM FESTIVAL AFTERPARTY
The Afrikans On Film Festival has been happening in Peckham, London every September for the last five years and is hosted by the Adinkra Arts Collective. This year (2016), DTA teamed up with AAC to host the afterparty at the Pempeople Pop-Up Shop, a community use space on Peckham High Street.
Given the film connection, we worked with the theme 'AFRIKAN WOMEN ON FILM' as we wanted to highlight the enduring contributions of Black female Actresses and Directors. We designed a visual installation around this theme, also drawing on the archives of Photographer Adama Jalloh and Film maker Nadeem Din-Gabisi:
The whole point was to locate these things at a social space. A party can be a much less intimidating way of meeting them than at a white cube or large institution (with all the politics and resonances those spaces bring). Here's a little snippet of the party filmed in between sets:
And this is a mix we put together ahead of the party to promote it which we liked so much we made into a visual mixtape. Here's the audio:
And here's the video: